Transfer: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

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Cristiano Ronaldo has completed his move from Real Madrid to Juventus at the age of 33. Showing that he has no plans of slowing down for the final stages of his playing career, signing a four year deal I very much think that means we will be seeing him in the next World Cup in 2022. That is a truly fantastic thought really, in his press conference he had a little dig at the players at this age who go to Qatar or China. So it is great to see this legendary player still actually wants to play at the very top level!

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Transfer: Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad)

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Mikel Merino has returned to Spain in a deal between £10-12m and signed a 5-year contract with Real Sociedad a club that is only 50 miles away from his hometown. Leaving Newcastle United after showing amazing promise in his first few games, but then looked to be left out more and more towards the end of the season. At 22 years old I am sure he will still progress a lot further in his career and wish him well for this move. A little bit of a shame having only spent one season on Tyneside.

Transfer: Kenedy (Newcastle)

Some fantastic transfer news was eventually announced for Newcastle United this morning after a few days of speculation and Kenedy posting videos looking at the Tyne Bridge from a Quayside place. We have the player in the shirt! The new shirts as well.

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Transfer: Steven Taylor (Wellington Phoenix)

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Former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has signed for New Zealand side Wellington Phoenix. Making over 200 appearances for Newcastle, since leaving in 2016 Steven had a brief stint at American side Portland Timbers and has played for Ipswich Town and Peterborough United before making his new move at the age of 32. Capped at England youth level and up to U21s, I always enjoyed seeing his progress after breaking through as a teenager.

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Jonjo Shelvey is the perfect midfielder for Newcastle!

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A very positive signing and a midfielder with everything we have been missing since Yohan Cabaye left. I know that might be a very big assumption to make but we did shell out £12m for Shelvey. A few seasons ago I would not have been happy about this but after watching him play for Swansea at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season I was very impressed, he ran the game from midfield and was the standout player on the pitch that day.

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Transfer Window Closed!

The transfer window slammed shut last night at 11pm and we were left with no new number 9, or even a new striker for that matter. Was pretty quiet throughout the last day of the window, but surely into the last day any efforts were too little too late. We’ve had since the summer, actually know we’ve had since January to scout targets and get someone sorted out with the Andy Carroll money which has now well and truly disappeared.

I am not at all surprised that we have not brought in a new striker, but more left disappointed. Surely that had to be the main priority due to the lack of firepower our current forwards have. None of them looked premier league quality last season so it looks like we are in for another difficult season on the goalscoring front – although everyone was saying that at the start of last season and up popped Andy Carroll scoring goals for fun! Then after selling Carroll that question came again about where the goals would come from and we managed to score 4 against Arsenal!

So maybe it is to soon to write them all off, but I for one am not convinced by them at all. Lovenkrands by far the worst, just not good enough at all. When he is “playing” it is actually like having 10 men on the pitch. He doesn’t ever seem to be involved. Also selling our top scorer in midfielder Kevin Nolan takes away our goals from midfield, Joey Barton even bagged a few last season as well.

So a very quiet last day of the window with a little bit of speculation that we tried to steal the transfer of Bryan Ruiz who looked all but certain to be joining Fulham . . . and why would the club think he would pick us over Fulham when they are playing in Europe this season? Probably just so it looked like they were actually trying to bring someone in!

I would have taken a loan deal or two with a midfielder and a striker our squad is very thin. Especially when you see Sunderland taking Nicklas Bendtner on loan for the season. I would have easily taken him on loan! But again we didn’t even make any effort to bring him to the club.

I hope that they start working on it now to find some targets for January – hopefully it won’t be too late by then! We don’t want to have too much pressure put on the strikers we have at the moment when clearly they are not good enough – let’s hope I am wrong and can laugh at this blog post in the future!

Transfer: Cesc to Barca

The longest drawn out transfer ever? Well possibly. I think everyone (but Arsenal fans) are happy that this has eventually been sorted out as it has been going on for what feels like years now. With all the speculation and talk about it. The main thing that annoys me about it all is why did Cesc leave in the first place if he wanted to go back so much in the end? Just doesn’t make much sense to me.

He had the medical, signed a 5-year contract and was unveiled yesterday in front of 30,000 Barca fans. But annoyed Arsenal fans one last time by kissing the badge during the unveiling.

The main thing to watch now is when exactly Fabregas will be able to break into the Barca team and how many games he will actually play this season. We all know how good the midfield is! Arsenal in the mean time have their Champions League qualifier tonight!